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A theorist, organist, and conductor, Jeff Ostrowski holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004), and did graduate work in Musicology. He serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP parish in Los Angeles, where he resides with his wife and children.
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“The Church, no doubt, has always kept, and wishes still to maintain everywhere, the language of her Liturgy; and, before the sad and violent changes of the sixteenth century, this eloquent and effective symbol of unity of faith and communion of the faithful was, as you know, cherished in England not less than elsewhere. But this has never been regarded by the Holy See as incompatible with the use of popular hymns in the language of each country. Such hymns, moreover, are useful to familiarize the people with the great truths of faith, and to keep alive their devotion.”
— LEO XIII, POPE (8 June 1898)

4th Sunday of Lent (“Laetare Sunday”)
published 8 March 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski

These musical programs are for FSSP.la, the new FSSP Apostolate in Los Angeles. Bring your family to the High Mass (SAINT VICTOR, 8634 Holloway Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069) at 7:00pm every Sunday.


Organist will play.


PDF Score (Singer)   •   Practice Audio (Singer)   •   Organist

We also add a polyphonic section, which is #4550.

INTROIT   •   Sometimes the ladies sing this.

PDF Score (Singer)   •   Practice Audio (Singer)


We will sing the new Kyrie, #3595 .

We also know #5294 (KYRIE “Iste Sanctus” by Guerrero)


When Holy Thursday arrives, we will sing the Gloria again: #5612.


No Alleluia during Lent, but a Gradual & Tract.

Psalm Tone Version

When Easter arrives, we’ll once more use ALLELUIA by Fr. Cristóbal de Morales: #3982.

CREDO IV   •   When we sing Plainsong Credo IV, we use alternatim

#5984 • CREDO after Guillaume de Machaut (Chaumonot)


PDF Score (Singer)


Organist will play.


#6962 • SANCTUS “Te saeculorum” (Palestrina)


We will sing #90719 by Giovanni Gabrieli.


This will be sung by chosen soloists.


Organist will play.


#90206 • “Stabat Mater”—Gustaaf Nees (d. 1965)

RECESSIONAL HYMN   •   #828 Throughout These Forty Days

From the Campion Hymnal.

CHOIR PRAYER (from CAMPION HYMNAL) happens after attendance is taken:

TENTH STATION • Jesus is stripped of his garments

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou has redeemed the world.

Jesus is stripped of his garments. Clothing gives a man his social position; it gives him his place in society, it makes him someone. His public stripping means that Jesus is no longer anything at all, he is simply an outcast, despised by all alike. The moment of the stripping reminds us of the expulsion from Paradise: God’s splendour has fallen away from man, who now stands naked and exposed, unclad and ashamed. And so Jesus once more takes on the condition of fallen man. Stripped of his garments, he reminds us that we have all lost the “first garment” that is God’s splendour. At the foot of the Cross, the soldiers draw lots to divide his paltry possessions, his clothes. The Evangelists describe the scene with words drawn from Psalm 22:19; by doing so they tell us the same thing that Jesus would tell his disciples on the road to Emmaus: that everything takes place “according to the Scriptures”. Nothing is mere coincidence; everything that happens is contained in the Word of God and sustained by his divine plan. The Lord passes through all the stages and steps of man’s fall from grace, yet each of these steps, for all its bitterness, becomes a step towards our redemption: this is how he carries home the lost sheep. Let us not forget that John says that lots were drawn for Jesus’s tunic, “woven without seam from top to bottom” (Jn 19:23). We may consider this as a reference to the High Priest’s robe, which was “woven from a single thread”, without stitching (Fl. Josephus, a III, 161). For he, the Crucified One, is the true High Priest.